With the on going lockdown, Doordarshan decided to bring back Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan back on TV. Families watch the show together and actor Arun Govil who essayed the role of Lord Ram also believes that the reason why people are giving him so much love and respect even at this age is because of the character.
In an interview with ETimes TV, Arun Govil said, "I won't deny, initially I felt bad that because of the strong image of Lord Ram that I portrayed onscreen, I am was not getting Bollywood movies. Yes, my career came to a standstill, but I soon realised that even if I had done those commercial films, I would have not got the fame, love and recognition that I have got after playing Lord Ram in Ramayan. If people are giving me so much of love, respect at even this age it is because of that character. I feel what Ram's role in Ramayan gave me, I don't think 100 Bollywood films would have ever given."
He also revealed that he was earlier rejected for the role of Ram. Talking about this, he shared, "I had auditioned for the role of Ram initially but they rejected me as they did not like it at that time. But later they came back to me. The person who was playing Lakshman's role shot for 4 episodes, but left mid-way and then Sunil Lahiri was brought in. He was playing Shatrughan's character earlier but had to later play Lakshman."
He also mentioned that people still love them as they did 33 years back. He shared, "People still love us the same way as it was 33 years ago. They still want to touch our feet or now take a selfie with us. The incidents I am sharing with you is about the pre lockdown period. Since, the lockdown has started we have not stepped out of the house. So I have no idea what kind of feedback or popularity will come our way."
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